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Origin, Meaning, And History of Delilah

Delilah is an ancient name of Hebrew and Arabic origin, meaning “delicate.” In the Old Testament, Delilah was the love interest of Samson and the sister of Samson’s wife, who was a symbol of strength. She was a Philistine and was the central figure of Samson’s last love story, mentioned in the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Judges.

In America, the name Delilah grew popular among the Puritans in the 17th century.

Delilah is also the name of a flower that bears a resemblance to the Dahlia flower. It is a member of the Asteraceae family and other flowers like daisy, sunflower, and zinnia.

The name Delilah has several variations across cultures and languages. Some popular spell variants include Dalila, Delila, and Dalida. Nicknames like Lily, Dee, Del, Della, and Lila can also go well with Delilah.

Delilah is among the Hebrew names for girls breaking into the top 100 in the US in 2018. Delilah is a much-celebrated name in popular culture. The most noticeable work in music can be the song “Hey There Delilah” by Plain White T, which remains one of the most popular songs to date. Delilah is also the name of a song by the Welsh singer Tom Jones from the album “Delilah,” which was released in 1968.

Delilah Ralston is the central character in the soap opera ‘One Life To Live’ played by Shelly Burch. Delilah Hannaford is the main character in the literary book ‘Fixing Delilah’ by Sarah Ockler. Her life was in chaos by hidden family secrets, an unknown father, and her workaholic mother. The name is also borne by notable personalities, including American athlete Delilah DiCrescenzo, American author Delilah S Dawson, and American model Delilah Hamlin.


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Famous People With The Name Delilah

  • Delilah HamlinAmerican model, daughter of actress Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin
  • Delilah DiCrescenzoAmerican runner who competes in 3000m steeplechase
  • Delilah ReneAmerican radio personality, author, and songwriter best known as the host of a nationally syndicated radio program
  • Delilah S. DawsonAmerican author, primarily of fantasy and science fiction
  • Delilah GorePolitician, former Member of the Parliament of Papua New Guinea

Delilah On The Popularity Chart

Delilah has been around for a long time and was first recorded in the 17th century. It rose from 674th most popular name in 2000 to 88th most popular in 2019. Check out the graphs below to learn more.

Popularity Over Time

In the 1980s and 1990s, Delilah enjoyed little or no popularity. It saw a sharp rise in popularity from 2007, with over 1136 per million babies being named Delilah.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

Delilah entered the top 100 most popular names in 2015 and was the 69th most popular name for girls in 2020. Learn more about its ranking trend below.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Delilah

Do you like the sound of the name Delilah but want a name with a different meaning? See the list below for the top choices.

Names With Similar Meaning As Delilah

If you are fond of names with a “delicate” meaning other than Delilah, here are some names with the same meaning as Delilah.

Name Numerology For Delilah

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